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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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10,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,162
Reviews: 3,381
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 329
Gots: 1,443 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

TheRealDBCooper, Aug 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

olympicgatorade, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bigbeerfan, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

amstokesdb9, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Shnanign, Jun 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

caverog, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lzepplin01, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll start off by saying that I am a huge fan of super dark beers, and that I know that it is not everyone's favorite type. That being said, this is one of my favorites. Especially for a beer that is easy to acquire year round here in CT. The pour is great with pitch black liquid and a nice brown head. The profiles of coffee and dark chocolate are very strong and give a great aftertaste. I love pairing this beer with red meats, although I drink this alone quite a bit. North Coast is a great brewery with an eclectic selection but this will probably remain as my favorite of theirs for some time.

WhiteHillsStore, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of beefsquatch
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

beefsquatch, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout pours a tar black from a 12 fl. oz. dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap.

Head of micro fine foam went to about two fingers and stayed around in a diminishing form during the entire consumption. Lacing of foam was in ample abundance during the review.

Nose is of delicious raisins and figs, with just the slightest of metallic notes.

Palate is of a viscous fig and coffee with the alcohol making its presents known just before the bite of carbonation appears.

If one were to want to impress dinner guests with an above average brew, this would be it.

BeerBob, Sep 12, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Great Divide Yeti tulip glass.

Had a huge, brown head that left moderate lacing on the glass. Beer was dark black.

Aroma was roasted coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Somewhat earthy and woody.

Taste was huge. Chocolate, espresso and roasted malts, with a long, slightly bitter finish. Could use some time in the cellar to allow the alcohol to mellow out.

Really tasty beer. I'd love to taste their oak-aged version. Great RIS.

drumrboy22, Sep 16, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MrHirschybar, Jan 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

KevinmusPrime, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Vlaminck, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

mcrawford, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer blows me away. Pours a dark black with a light brown foamy head.
Super toasty coffee aroma with a little chocolate . Maybe even. Hint of vanilla or malt.
Mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic, super smooth and full bodied. It's delicious even cold. Hides the alcohol very well with a mild bitterness . I wish this is what all imperial stouts tasted like. Just a comforting beer you want to keep drinking.

zookerman182, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Berg77, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

factoide, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep coffee brown body with a one-finger tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, figs, hints of coffee with cream.

T - Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Some unfortunate metallic taste that lessens as it warms.

M - Round and full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - It's not a bad beer, but there are better Imperial stouts out there.

trbergman, Jan 24, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating on bottle or label. Single purchased from local health foods store for $2.29.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, creamy tan head with great retention and heavy lacing. A gorgeous craft beer.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts and organic Turkish apricots. Also reminded me of chocolate pudding cake my mother used to make when I was a kid. The smell is wonderful.

T-Disappointing, in that it was not equal to the anticipation I expected from the aroma. Quite bitter with only a slight fruity finish. Improved as it warmed. Not a complex as I would have liked.

M-Robust, but very smooth with medium to full body. Warming due to the alcohol.

D-Good for a RIS, but not great. I like this and always want more when I finish a single 12 oz. bottle, but it doesn't achieve the rich complexity it aspires to.

I love the label with depiction of Rasputin and transliterated Russian text. Makes me think of snow and winter.

velosuds, Aug 22, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DrGonzoDDS, May 15, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - The darkest brown you have ever seen, tan decent head and minimul lacing

S - Nuts, coffee, toffee, oak, dirt , toasted malt and molasses

T - Wow. Explosion of coffee, nuts, oak and toasty toastedness

M - Medium heavy, carbonation and fluffy

D - Goes down like butta. One of the best and easiest drinking stouts ever

Final thought - I love this beer. Can't say anything bad about it

whatthehull, Jan 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

williahd, Aug 15, 2014
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 10,162 ratings.